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Fortifying Tirumala: Hi-tech cams for scan and swift arrest

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is planning to ramp up its security infrastructure by installing high-resolution cameras with facial recognition technology.

The camera system will be fed with data of criminals, and the cameras would instantly recognise offenders like thieves, kidnappers, laddu counterfeiters, liquor smugglers and even terrorists and alert security personnel.

“We already have data of about 3,000 criminals who committed various offences in the past in Tirumala and Tirupati. We would now approach our state police department and of other states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, and Maharashtra for their list of criminals. We would also contact central security agencies for data on terrorists,” said Ravi Krishna, TTD chief vigilance and security officer.

“Four of the 64 waiting compartments of the Vaikuntam complex will get eight new DFMDs to allow thorough scrutiny of the thousands of pilgrims entering the temple every hour. Eight baggage scanners would also be installed,” TTD executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal said.

An overhauled command control centre in Tirumala would have a state-of-the-art Video Wall.

“With these advancements, we can conduct real-time patrolling of Tirumala. We will also be training our personnel on scrutinising camera footage for detecting crimes. They will alert field staff for quick response and action,” the CVSO said.


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